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Dino Jaws - Natural History Museum

Dino Jaws

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Just when you thought it was safe to go along to the Natural History Museum, along comes Dino Jaws, a new exhibition featuring ten of the most terrifyingly lifelike animatronic dinosaurs ever created.

The exhibition runs from June 30, 2006 to April 15, 2007 and will introduce visitors to Velociraptors – seen devouring the carcass of a baby Protoceratops – and a Baryonyx.

At just under nine metres long and with 96 serrated teeth, the huge creature will use its 30-centimetre-long front claw to try and scoop a fish from water.

The animatronics – from Japan – run off compressed air, with an internal computer creating the most fluid and realistic moving dinosaurs ever seen.

Commenting on them, John Phillips, Senior Mechanical Engineer at the Natural History Museum, said:

“These are the most impressive dinosaurs I’ve ever had the chance to work with in the 30 years I’ve been at the Museum. Since we received our first animatronics from Japan in 1991, both science and engineering have progressed to create such lifelike dinosaurs, they can now do almost everything but walk!”

Visitors can also become Dino Jaws Scientists by studying jaws, claws, guts and even poo to discover what hungry dinosaurs ate.

Not only that, they can attempt to match the powerful bite of a T. Rex, mimic the grinding action of the stones found in the stomach of a Brachiosaurus, and count the number of spare teeth in the jaw of an Edmontosaurus.

Opening hours: 10am to 5.50pm

Admission: £8, £5 concessions, free for children aged three and under, £21 family (up to five, minimum one adult).

For more information call 020 7942 5000 or visit the exhibition website.

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